163 middle schools students and their teachers returned safely from their camping adventure, a three-day, two-night trip to Anthony Chabot State Park. Students went hiking, and engaged in workshops about first aid, photography, art inspired by nature, cultural reflections, team building, and dance, as well as orgami shapes and structures. They also took on responsibilities at the campsite, assembling tents and taking turns cooking meals. Students participated in advisory activities to get to know their classmates and advisor in a more dynamic way, while appreciating each other for the experience. Our middle school students (and teachers) were able to work through their challenges and feel proud of their accomplishments. They also celebrated with a trip-ending talent show full of the silly, the artful, and the fun. We hope the experiences they gained from the outdoor education program will provide them with their own real-life allegory, and remind them that they can accomplish so much.

A big thank you to all of the teachers and parents who helped in keeping this tradition alive.